Reaction to the racial comments reportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling continued to flow in from around the world, much of it ranging from disappointment to disgust. NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, who initially declined comment through a team spokesperson Saturday, released a statement Sunday.
"I look at this from two perspectives – as a current owner and a former player. As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly. As a former player, I'm completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed. I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level."
The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also announced it will not award Sterling a "lifetime achievement" award next month as previously planned.
President Barack Obama weighed in on the alleged comments from Sterling. During a trip to Malaysia, the president called the comments "incredibly offensive racist statements."
President Obama's reaction, according to the Associated Press:
"When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. … The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often. And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves."
One fan held up his own suggestion for Clippers players, who decided against boycotting Sunday's game, outside the Golden State Warriors' Oracle Arena.
Some fans at Oracle Arena apparently came up with a new chant for the Clippers.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who was mentioned in the most recent alleged recording of Sterling released by Deadspin, had his own take after being dragged into the controversy.
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